Bunratty Castle is one of Ireland's best known, mostly for its grand medieval banquets which it holds every Saturday night in season.
The handsome H-shaped tower keep was preceeded initially by a motte Castle and then a smaller keep which suffered several sieges. The Castle we see today was started in the mid-1400s by the Macconmaras and later became the home of the powerful Thomond O'Brien family.
The Castle's distinctive central arches (not visible in this picture) make Bunratty one of the most recognisable of Ireland's many tower houses.
Nearby is Bunratty Folk Park open air museum, making Bunratty one of west Ireland's biggest tourist draws.
The Castle is open during the day in the summer months, although closes slightly early on days when a medieval feast is being held.
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